Have an unwanted birthday present or Christmas gift? There are websites to help you unload them. But what about travel?
There are now a number of online platforms that let you trade your flight ticket and hotel reservations–or buy someone else’s vacation at half price.
In Europe, a site called Transfer Travel lets you buy other peoples’ unwanted holidays or sell your own. And the closer the travel date, the bigger the discount becomes. A six-night reservation for a house in the Netherlands sells for $290.
Then there’s SpareFare. It connects people who can’t make their non-refundable flights or hotel reservations with those looking for last minute deals. One caution: Most U.S. airlines don’t allow for name changes on reservations, but that’s not always the case with airlines like Norwegian, Ryanair, Finnair, Air Canada and Volaris, among others. How about a Los Angeles to Madrid flight that leaves in two days? That’s $230.
And Roomer lets folks sell and buy unwanted non-refundable hotel reservations. One caution: Always call the airline or hotel to confirm the name change has been made, especially if the person traveling is…you.
By Peter Greenberg for PeterGreenberg.com
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